Essay on Mentorship in Nursing
The essay will also discuss the responsibility of the mentor in relation to self, others and the professional …show more content…
Research would suggest that within the mental health nursing field, good quality practice placements are particularly important since it is this which influences students’ attitudes towards seeking a career in this field (Dreary, Watson and Hogston 2003, Glossop 2002, Happell 2000, Rushworth and Happell 2000, Ferguson and Hope 1999). From the perspective of the organisation therefore, the role of the mentor in ensuring that the placements are successful is considered paramount. Good quality practice placements result from effective preparation for students on behalf of the placement provider and the individual mentor.
Central to the learning process is the environment in which the learning takes place and attention to this by the mentor is the first step in preparing for a student. As Munukka, Pukuri, Linnainmaa and Kilkku (2002) identify, “it is the learning environment that determines how ownership of a subject is comprehended”. In considering the environment, both cultural and physical elements must be taken into account. Eaton (1999) emphasises the importance of a dedicated manager and a committed workforce in creating a cultural milieu that is conducive to learning. Poor placements with mediocre